By Thai Newsroom Reporters
PRIME MINISTER PRAYUT Chan-o-cha would be told to dissolve the House of Representatives and call a general election if lack of a quorum for House meetings repeatedly occurred, according to Palang Pracharath Party leader Prawit Wongsuwan.
Prawit who concurrently performs as deputy premier was quoted as saying during yesterday’s (Nov. 23) party meeting that Prayut would be simply told to dissolve the House and call the election if MPs attached to coalition partners in government repeatedly failed to attend House meetings, thus resulting in adjournment due to lack of a quorum as had been the case recently.
The Palang Pracharath Party leader declined to say whether he himself would tell the premier to dissolve the House, given possibilities of repeated lack of a quorum, or would have someone else tell him to.
Prawit said he will be given lists of the MPs of all government parties who might not attend House meetings on Wednesdays and Thursdays, including those who may concurrently hold cabinet posts.
That did not only refer to MPs of the ruling Palang Pracharath Party but those of all other coalition partners including the splinter, one-MP parties, according to the deputy premier, who himself is not an MP.
The lawmakers are yet to deliberate on organic laws pertaining to the future election of MPs and political parties to comply with an increase in the number of constituency-based MPs from 350 to 400 and a drop in the number of party-listed MPs from 150 to 100 as well as the use of two voting ballots instead of a single one as applied in a previous election.
Top: Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan talking to the press.
Home Page: The Thai Parliament meeting chamber. Both photo: Siam Rath